It’s always good to make things you need

The last couple of times I was using my grinder I got a little frustrated. I had my flap disks, cutting disks and grinding disks  hanging on a pegboard I installed by my grinder, but the hooks I had didn’t allow storage for more than a few disks. I found that I had to be…

Unscheduled projects – part 2

Or actually today it’s a project that should have been scheduled a while ago but just didn’t make the cut. Today was another laundry room day. We’ve had a leaking front door seal on the washing machine for let’s just say longer than a month. I think a drawstring on some shorts got caught when…

Unscheduled projects

It’s a good thing I didn’t have anything scheduled today. Last night when I heard those fateful words coming from the laundry  room – “Umm, Bob could you come and take a look at this?” I knew something was up. When Heather uses that particular phrase in a certain way I know my toolbox is…

Winter can go now

I know I shouldn’t be complaining. Winter here is nothing like they get anywhere east of us but I’ve had enough. On the island we’ve been spoiled over the last few years with relatively warm winters and little precip. This year has been pretty much the opposite. Yes indeed the snow and cold is much…

The solar project – testing

Finally got all the bits and pieces sorted out and today was the day to run some wire and do a quick test of the system to make sure everything was working. The first job was to build the wiring for the panel. I had ordered some MC4 connectors that are for solar use (They’re…

The solar project

When the retaining wall gets replaced in a couple of months I’m looking at getting rid of my mishmash of storage shed/garden shed/wood shed constructs at the side of the house and rebuilding a new bigger better all in one purpose built shed/shop for doing metal work and forging as well as storage for my…

What’s the worst that could happen?

The other day our garage door opener started making a horrible grinding noise and then stopped lifting the door. Crap…. Now that door is pretty important to me because that’s my ventilation when I’m welding. I know I can lift it manually and stick a chunk of wood under it to get some ventilation but…

New year,new lamp

When we visited with Nate and Sally in Utah this fall, Nate said he was looking for a lamp to use outdoors when cooks at his bbq station. I said I figured I could whip something up.  🙂 So over the past couple of weeks I started putting something together. I had an idea in…

Organization is the key

I know it, I really do. But I have a problem. I get working on something, move onto something else and then eventually find that because my actual work station is fairly small I grab the stuff that I’m not using and throw it up on my workbench resulting in… Well you see the results….

The end of the Christmas rush

I didn’t realize my little christmas trees would be so popular but there turned out to be quite a few people who wanted me to make some for them. So for this past week I’ve been cranking out a bunch for various folks and I think now I am finally done. In total I’ve done…

It all started innocently enough

And now it’s a full blown obsession….. First it was just an idea to make a little Christmas tree out of some scrap 16 gauge sheet stock. That was a couple of months ago. It seemed harmless enough and Heather liked it and I thought I’d move onto something else. And I did…  For a…

The rocket stove experiment

It all started with earthquakes. Here on Vancouver Island we’re in an earthquake zone and with all the seismic activity around the Pacific Rim lately we thought it might be a good idea to get our supplies sorted out for any possibility. I’m thinking that a signficant earthquake in our area is more likely than…